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Published on March 27th, 2017 | by admin

The Gruffalo at Arts Centre Melbourne

MELBOURNE, 27 MARCH 2017 — Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved tale The Gruffalo will be brought to life at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 15 – 26 November 2017. Direct from the West End, the new production for little ones tells the story of a mouse who heads off on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood.

UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia’s CDP Theatre Producers – the team behind the stage adaptations The Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo’s Child  – will bring to life the popular and award-winning book in a colourful play full of songs, laughs and fun for children aged three and up, and their adults.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad snake. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined?

Julia Donaldson is one of the world’s most popular children book authors and The Gruffalo is her best-selling book. It has sold more than 850,000 copies in Australia and more than 13.5 million copies worldwide. Julia was appointed UK Children’s Laureate 2011-2013 and received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to literature.

Axel Scheffler is the best-selling, award-winning illustrator of many of the world’s favourite picture books including The Gruffalo’s Child, Pip and Posy, The Room on the Broom and Zog. His career as an illustrator of children’s books began more than 22 years ago; since then Axel has achieved worldwide acclaim and his books have been translated into more than forty languages.

CDP Theatre Producers, the team behind the Australian co-productions of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo’s Child, along with premiere book adaptations of The 13, 26 & 52-Storey Treehouse, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Mr Stink, is an award-winning independent theatre production house specialising in boutique theatre of the highest quality.

“The Gruffalo is the perfect intro to theatre for kids ★★★★” The Londonist

Arts Centre Melbourne presents CDP with Tall Stories’ production of
The Gruffalo

Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
15 – 26 November
15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 26 November,10am & 12pm
17 November, 10am, 12pm & 6pm
19 & 25 November, 10am, 12pm & 3pm
21 November, 10am
Auslan Interpreted Performance: 22 November, 10am
Relaxed Performance: 23 November, 12pm
Recommended for children ages 3+
Tickets www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183


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